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Millions of people immigrate to the United States from all over the world every year In Jhumpa Lahiris The Namesake Ashoke and Ashima Ganguli immigrate to the United States from India where they give birth to their two children Gogol and Sonali While this move is partly beneficial to the family it mainly seems to be detrimental In the United States the Gangulis experience a great gain in wealth a lingual and cultural barrier and great loneliness One of the benefits of the Gangulis move to America is their gain in wealth In India neither Ashima nor Ashokes family is poor but in America they have so much more When Gogol is born a family friend gives him a book of nursery rhymes Ashoke Gogols father realizes how lucky his son is to be the owner of a book when he is just a few hours old It is very different than the childhood he experienced in India As a child Ashoke had to buy books with his own money They were not just given to him The gain in wealth is also shown when the Ganguli family moves from their small apartment in Cambridge to the house on Pemberton Road When coming to America Ashoke and Ashima each only had one suitcase While packing for the move they realize how much more they have gained and how much excess they have like many extra issues of The Globe and Time Magazine In America they gain so many new material items that they otherwise would not have possessed in India which is very beneficial to them However they also gain experiences which are not exactly beneficial to the familyIn America the Gangulis experience a detrimental lingual and cultural barrier which causes them to be alienated The first time this barrier is shown is when Ashoke and Ashima are at the hospital for the birth of Gogol Ashoke tells Ashima that he will be back
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